Thursday, July 30, 2009

Break time; New painting

I thought I take a little breather from the Secret Agent painting, and start on something new.

Recently I've been watching a Korean historic drama "Queen Seondeok" and I got tempted to do a drawing based on that. I really liked the ornate designs of their headdresses and pins and a hairpiece that could probably weigh more than their head. So I got playful and decided to draw up some of those things.

Started out with basic monotone sketch, laying down the shadows and highlights.
I then added some color and started painting over, and I tried to fix the facial features with brushes and Liquify tool, but she started to really look funny, it's like Michael Jackson's plastic surgery gone really bad. Luckily I saved a copy of the original.
I brushed in the colors on a separate layer set on Overlay, and mixed various colors and tones. Now then I just got to starting on fixing the crowns and the ornaments.
Looks good so far. Keep updating...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Update yet again

Two weeks till the Aug. 9 deadline.
Note some changes from the last post. The agent's weapon of choice is now a rappel hook. Seemed more Secret Agent-ish that way. Also added a face to the bikini girl in the BG, noted some areas needed cleanup, like loose marks that needs to be dusted off. Gonna keep working on it as deadline approaches.
Been also trying to nab some more gigs while trying to finish the first ones I have right now, the comics and the storyboards. Not easy, I say, in this crappy economy. Need to consider some other options. Meantime just stick to current schedule.
Be back soon...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Still Another Update

Characters added and rendered. Still a WIP I'm afraid. There's still less than four weeks before the deadline, but it's moving along nicely, so far. Trying to do a little homage to the classic 007 Bond films, particularly with the blond bikini babe in distress in the bg. Overall BG still needs work as well.

Keep you posted. Roger...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

BG Update

Loads and loads of paintovers here on the original marker sketch. I'm actually quite pleased with how this is turning out. A wee bit more work, but for now I can start throwing in the players.
Keep an eye out...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Update: A new BKG

I've worked out a new bg, since the first one sucked. This time I drew and rendered it out with marker, all I would have to do is paint over them. It's supposed to be some super electrical conductor, I've seen it in those cheesy old movies I don't know where but it's suppose to create mass havoc on the earth's weather or cause a huge blackout all over the planet. Something a Secret Agent would typically take on.

To be continued...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Some revelation

Some more work on the bg:

Added some textures and tweaked with Curves and ColorBal, and then I had a revelation: the rocket BLOWS. Rather than waste any more time on something that just isn't working, I'm scrapping it and starting over, on the BG at least. I'm sketching it out now and pretty soon I'll have it scanned into the comp and work on it in a jiffy.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


Here is the BG. Base layout was done all n Illustrator, then some quick paintovers with some tweaking with Curves. So far, okay.

More to come. To keep in tune with the theme of the piece, over and out. -_-

Thursday, July 2, 2009

CG Challenge to Go!

Behold, July is here! Time sure runs fast...

Anyway started working on that SECRET AGENT challenge for CGSociety.Org. I had several ideas, even considered that cool rappel drop Tom Cruise does in MISSION POSSIBLE movie. In the end, I decided to go for a more classic secret spy adventure kind of scenario. Here is the quick sketch:

Hope you understand the situation here. I've already started laying out the bg with Illustrator. Pretty soon I'll be working in the brushwork.

Be back soon...